Bloodborne And The Art Of Giving Up

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Earlier this year I decided to take a plunge. For years now I have been hearing tales of the brilliance of From Software’s games and why if you don’t play them you can’t understand gaming. Yet, before this, my one attempt to get into the series failed miserably. I spent an afternoon with Demon Souls and bounced off it in every way possible. My main issue was a complete lack of patience. I didn’t have the head for standing back with my shield raised and waiting for my opportunity to strike, and it hurt me, which is where Bloodborne comes into things.

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Letlive

Sitting down to write about letlive is a tough thing to do. Since the release of their debut album Fake History, they have established themselves as a bands who continually defy expectation. It is a trend that has continued with the fantastic If I’m the Devil… an album which shows them upping the soul side of their soul-punk sound.

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Farewell To Studio Ghibli

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Have you ever read a book, watched a film or listened to a piece of music and wondered why you haven’t been doing this your whole life? That’s the feeling I got last year when I sat down and watched my first Studio Ghibli film. The second I turned on My Neighbour Totoro I fell in love, and I still can’t figure out what I had been doing for the previous twenty-three years. It’s a sadness that is compounded by them releasing what they say is their final film, When Marnie Was There.

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The Nice Guys And Plot

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Before we get into this, let’s make it clear that this post will include spoilers for The Nice Guys. Now that is out of the way, let’s go. The Nice Guys reads like a list of Shane Black’s greatest hits. Mismatched buddy cops (although in this case it is a buddy PI and a buddy tough for hire), fast-paced dialogue, jabs at corporate America, plucky young children and an underlying darkness beneath the jokes. There’s even some Christmas. It also has a plot that at some points is completely nonsensical.

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Fallout 4: The Game That Helped Me Understand Bethesda

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I have never understood Bethesda games. I played Oblivion but ended up rushing through it just to get it over and done with while I have bounced off Skyrim and Fallout 3 more times than I count. I appreciate the vast worlds they create but there is just too much, and I quickly got bored of walking through them and killing things. That is until Fallout 4.

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Guns N’ Roses

The first time I heard the stomp of ‘Paradise City’ was the moment I thought this rock and roll stuff might be for me.  It was a long walk round to cementing that opinion, with a little detour through emo, but it turned out to be a good assumption and the rest of my life was shaped.  Yet, for the last few years, I have not given a shit about Guns ‘N’ Roses.  I have no time for Axl’s crap and while I still listen to the music, Chinese Democracy being the obvious exception because who can be arsed, the idea of them as a live entity held nothing for me.  Because again, who can be arsed?

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Halloween Binge: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven’s influence on the horror genre can not be underestimated.  As the great Kim Newman put it, ‘Wes Craven reinvented horror at least four times, most directors don’t even manage it once.’  Arguably, his most telling influence on the genre was the creation of Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street.  A film I was inspired to return to following Craven’s recent passing.  However, that didn’t seem enough and I decided to keep going.  In the last few weeks, I’ve watched every single Nightmare on Elm Street film, including crossovers and remakes.  Why?  Krueger only knows.

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Discover Weekly

With competition rearing its head from Apple Music, Spotify have introduced a new feature.  Discover Weekly.  A weekly playlist put together by, I assume, an algorithm buried away in Spotify which look at what you’ve listened to and comes up with other bands that it thinks you might like.  It’s a nice feature for those wanting to move outside of their musical comfort zone, but does it really work?

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